Bradley Cooper was hit just about instantly with controversy as he unveiled a primary take a look at his forthcoming Netflix pic Maestro, when the web encountered the big prosthetic nostril he’d adopted to painting legendary composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein. However Bernstein’s youngsters have now come to his protection.
“Bradley Cooper included the three of us along every step of his amazing journey as he made his film about our father,” wrote Jamie, Alexander and Nina Bernstein in an announcement posted to their late father’s X web page. “We had been touched to the core to witness the depth of his dedication, his loving embrace of our father’s music, and the sheer open-hearted pleasure he dropped at his exploration.
“It breaks our hearts,” the trio continued, “to see any misrepresentations or misunderstandings of his efforts. It happens to be true that Leonard Bernstein had a nice, big nose. Bradley chose to use makeup to amplify his resemblance, and we’re perfectly fine with that.”
The Bernsteins additional expressed their perception that their father would have been “fine” with using prosthetics, and that “any strident complaints around this issue” are maybe “disingenuous attempts to bring a successful person down a notch — a practice we observed all too often perpetrated on our own father.”
Added the Bernsteins, “At all times during the making of this film, we could feel the profound respect and yes, the love that Bradley brought to his portrait of Leonard Bernstein and his wife, our mother Felicia. We feel so fortunate to have had this experience with Bradley, and we can’t wait for the world to see his creation.”
Cooper’s use of prosthetics attracted controversy given its obvious embodiment of “Jewface” — the stereotypical, or in any other case offensive portrayal of Jewish individuals by a Gentile. Amongst different actors who’ve encountered scrutiny for his or her portrayal of Jewish figures are Helen Mirren and Kathryn Hahn, who with the indie Golda and sequence Comeback Lady, had been set to play Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir and comedian Joan Rivers. (The latter mission, in growth at Showtime, by no means got here to fruition.)
Among the many most seen critics of this cultural phenomenon is comic Sarah Silverman, who went public together with her ideas in 2021. “There’s this long tradition of non-Jews playing Jews, and not just playing people who happen to be Jewish but people whose Jewishness is their whole being…” stated Silverman. “And in a time when the importance of representation is seen as so essential and so front and center, why does ours constantly get breached even today in the thick of it?”
A buzzy awards prospect set to world premiere in Venice — most probably, with out Cooper in attendance — Netflix’s Maestro is the actor-filmmaker’s second directorial car on the heels of his Oscar winner A Star Is Born. The movie telling the complicated love story of Leonard Bernstein and Felicia Montealegre Cohn Bernstein (Carey Mulligan) is because of hit choose theaters November twenty second, and can bow on Netflix December twentieth.
View the Bernstein youngsters’s assertion beneath.